Study to Focus on PCH Safety

The City of Malibu is collaborating with the Southern California Association of Governments to conduct a study of safety along a 21-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway.

The City of Malibu and the Southern California Association of Governments is seeking input on a study that will examine safety along a 21-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

The study will consider all modes of travel, including pedestrians, bicycles and cars, and will include recommendations for improvements along three areas:

  • Study Area 1: Topanga Canyon Road to Cross Creek Road
  • Study Area 2: Cross Creek Road to Busch Drive
  • Study Area 3: Busch Drive to Western City Limits

The meetings are set for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13,  Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 at .

The first three meetings will focus on one specific study area. The fourth meeting will review material presented at the first three meetings.

Residents can provide feedback online at malibucity.org through Oct. 12.

elena corral September 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thy left out the study area 4: The 500 feet of PCH in front of Paradise Cove Rd.
Carol Bretonne September 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The shoulder white line should be a double line for the bicyclists and all bicyclists should only ride single file on all of PCH. Most bicyclists ride the shoulder line, even when there is a wide shoulder area to ride on. Riding two and three abreast and one of them is in the car lane is asking for an accident.
John Johannessen September 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I see people speeding and texting all the time on PCH that suddenly slow down and look where there driving if there is a Highway Patrol officer in the area. Perhaps we need more Highway Patrols patrolling PCH?? Night lighting on PCH is a safety concern for pedestrians but not wanted by the residents- a good place for some "give and take".
Terry September 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
city of malibu sitting on its hands again. make no parking on western malibu pch between 6 and noon. that way the bikes dont have to go into the traffic lanes. stop studying and start doing. our city counsel sucks. no recycling where you can redeem for cash, tow yard at malibu high. trips to china, 70 ft poles in malibu park. widen bush drive and now its a parking lot. studying the lagoon until it was a done deal. how many more accidents do we need on the pch???
Steven Quartz September 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
here's a link to a 2005 pictorial study of the structural problems of PCH for cyclists. Note that the landslide intrusion pictured near via Escondio (the westbound downhill portion) is still not cleaned up 7 years later! As an academic I love studies, but seriously, what's the point of a study if there's no will or means to translate it into action? Maybe the money would be better spent buying some shovels to clean up this pile of dirt - I'd be happen to do a study pro bono on the # of shovels needed to do the job... http://independentsources.com/2005/09/23/malibu-pch/
Lisa Y September 02, 2012 at 08:31 PM
--CHP should patrol the highway to make it safer...not hide in the bushes waiting to give downhill traffic tickets. --Elongate the left turn lane into Paradise Cove --Add a left turn ARROW on the light at PCH and Webb Way (when turning onto PCH from Webb Way off Malibu Road).
pamela Baker September 03, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I hope those with decision making capabilities are listening to these ideas. Especially Lisa Y and Carol Bretonne. And we should do all we can to prevent accidents. However you can't fix stupid and since time in memorial this Highway has been dangerous and always will be. The best you can do is pay attention and don't speed, a challenge it seems for many.
Mark Hayes September 04, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Hey forget the study and go drive by Paradise Cove and Econdido Falls PCH access. The cars are backed up for at least a 1/2 mile and pedestrians walking in sober and walking out inebriated. This doesn't require a Rhodes scholar. City Council pull your heads out of the sand and fix this before a fatality occurs. You are responsible for NOT fixing this abuse of a CUP. NOW.
Terry September 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
they could clear the sides of the roads 2 to 3 feet with a grader and make parking for the escondido falls better. there are some great ideas here but nothing ever gets done. another city counsel fopa
John September 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I agree they are asking for it but by law they are allowed to ride in the lane all together and not the shoulder - there is no bike lane.
hellwood September 04, 2012 at 06:35 PM
why would malibu restrict parking for the majority of the people here in malibu including residents, beach goers, and business owners when bicyclists are a minority? the residents here in Malibu have seen all they need to see on PCH to know how dangerous it is just to drive a car and avoid riding their bicycles out in traffic lanes. if you are a hotshot who rides in lanes, and you dont want to get splattered by a car, stay off PCH, and ride your bicycle in your own town. I do however think it is fair when an easily visible group of ten or more bicycle riders take a lane
hellwood September 04, 2012 at 06:48 PM
terry, i know that it would be nice if the locals could feel safe riding on the highway, but we all know that the bikers typically dont live in malibu, and the bike / car ratio is too slanted to justify the changes you suggest
Kelli October 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
If plans for a bike lane progress past the preliminary planning stage then nothing further should occur until bicyclicts pay their share of that project - just as motorists do by way of car registrations fees, gas taxes, etc. Anyone with a bicycle needs to be registered and psy annual registration fees just as motorists do. That's an equitable solution to share the burden of what will likely be a costly project for taxpayers if any such road construction is done to implement any widening of the road to allow for bike lanes.
james mal February 01, 2013 at 11:02 AM
CHP is law enforcement, not somebody to hold your hand as you drive. If you want to speed down the hill thats fine by me as long as you know you may receive a ticket or crash your car. If I make a decision that causes an accident I am to blame - not you nor anyone else. If I am in violation of a CA V.C. I will accept blame because I knowing violated the law, I hope you would do the same. Please! If you dont know how to drive through an uncontrolled left turn - watch a youtube video on how to do so. Just dont make others suffer because you require someone to hold your hand as you make the turn onto PCH. Keep PCH as it is, people need to adapt to the road - it will make us all better drivers. The absolute last thing we need in Malibu is for our streets to look like Santa Monica's.


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